Mar 17

Why we are leaving Arizona

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For the last few months our primary income has been Kathy’s unemployment checks. Because of red tape issues, we had to file unemployment through California.

As you go through the weeks of getting benefits every so often you reach another weekly limit. For example: When you go from extension 1 to extension 2, California stops your payments for a week or so and then makes up the time. You are told in advance that you will be approved and then the paperwork comes for the missing weeks. Things get tight for a while but even out after you catch back up.

The only effective way to communicate with California unemployment is to use their automated phone system. Sometimes, due to budget issues the phone system is not manned. Other times they simply do not have enough staff to handle the calls. When this happens they put you through about 10 minutes of phone menus then they tell you to call back as they are too busy and hang up.

This February, Kathy’s unemployment changed from the normal California unemployment to the federal extension. This changed the process a little bit but we were told we would be extended for another 22 weeks at least. There was the normal delay and then we got the paperwork for the federal.

This worked basically the same. We filled out the paperwork and got the deposit. We figured we were good for a few more months. One other change occurred at this time. The phone system went to 100% too busy to accept calls.

We kept getting paper work but the money stopped coming. There was no way to contact them. Looking back on it we also noticed they had skipped a couple of weeks back February. As this has gone on we have gotten behind on bills.

Yesterday afternoon, we finally heard from them. Because we live in Arizona and this is not a state that qualifies for the federal extensions, we do not get any more checks. They knew about this in February but did not see the need to tell us till now.

We are going to be selling off most of our collected belongings over the next few days. If you want to know what is for sale, let us know. We will post on this Pinterest board as big things go on sale. Friends fly free… If we have something you want/need, let us know.

Because of this we need to leave Arizona before the end of the month. We hope to come back from time to time. It is time to start over and go back to basics.
Thank you for your love and support.
Bruce and Kathy

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  1. Bruce Jacobs

    We have a couple of computer desks. Niether of them have any storage but they are solid and in good condition.

    If you want any of them please call to arrange a time to stop by to pick them up. We can not deliver them and we would need to get something for them.

    We are very busy between now and Sunday night so we will not be able to stop and chat



  2. Kate Eskesen

    I am sorry to hear you are moving. Are you going to Iowa? At least it is spring there right now.

    If you have a corner desk, or even a computer desk, that you don’t want, I need one. We moved from one apartment to a different one (much quieter) and the guys helping me move broke my desk, and now I can’t find it anywhere. Really bummed out.

    Also, I will be renting a garage instead of 2 storage spaces, so if you are still looking for someplace to store a couple of boxes, let me know. BTW, we still have 2 black trunks from your move from north Phoenix, if you need them.

    I will keep following you on Facebook, even though I don’t post a lot there. I will miss knowing you are around here in south Phoenix area.

    Luv and Hugs,
    Kate & Michael J

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